Transaction Network Services Inc. said it has signed an agreement to provide its data communications and support services to National Data Corp. through 2000.

National Data, a leading payment and information processor for the financial and health care industries, is one of the largest users of TNS' transaction transport services.

Atlanta-based National Data serves 750,000 merchants in North America, 12,000 corporations, more than 700 financial institutions, and numerous federal and state government agencies.

"With this agreement, we now have commitments from all of our largest customers through the year 2000," said TNS president and chief executive officer John J. McDonnell Jr. He said the company hopes "to expand our relationship with NDC over the next several years."

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